Your surgeon will also have to assess your weight, skin, muscle and fat distribution. He or she will have to determine your medical history including your diet and exercise. Let your surgeon know if you are taking any kind of medication.
Abdominal liposuction procedure depending on what your surgery requires, your surgeon will give you either a local anesthesia or a general anesthesia before starting the surgery. If you will be under local anesthesia, the surgeon may give you sedatives to help you settle down.
After marking the specific areas in your abdomen where fat is to be removed, the surgeon will then make a small incision into which a thin elastic tube known as the cannula will be inserted. The surgeon uses the cannula, which is connected to a suction, to dissolve the fat and extract it from the body without harming the tissues, nerves, muscles, and skin.
There are several techniques to the abdominal liposuction procedure. In super-wet abdominal liposuction and tumescent abdominal liposuction, the surgeon first injects a solution into the target area prior to actual surgery. This solution not only makes fat easier to remove but also minimizes blood loss and post-surgery side effects such as swelling.
Another method in abdominal liposuction is called the ultrasound-assisted liposuction, which utilizes sound waves to break down fat. This method also reduces the loss of blood during the surgery and post-surgery bruising. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is especially effective to treat fibrous parts of the body, for instance the male breast and the upper area of the abdomen.
Your surgeon will recommend the method of abdominal liposuction for you based on the specific area where fat is to be removed and the volume of fat to be eliminated.
Most patients are able to notice results as early as one week after having their abdominal liposuction. However, it may take up to six months to see complete improvements.
While abdominal liposuction is an effective way to lose unwanted fat, you must continue to eat right and exercise regularly to maintain and enhance its result.